Cave City Head Football Coach Jon Bradley can tell you all about Yellville-Summit quarterback Timothy Hoyt.
"He almost beat us by himself last year," Bradley said. "He's a heck of an athlete."
That was last year when Cave City and Yellville-Summit were members of the same conference. In a week nine matchup at Cave City, Hoyt, then a sophomore, ran, threw and generally caused mayhem all over the field for the Cavemen. As a matter of fact, it took a blocked field goal attempt for Cave City to eke out a 36-35 win over the Panthers in that game.
Fast forward a year and things couldn't have been any different.
Holding Hoyt to just 21 yards on 10 carries, the Cavemen routed Yellville-Summit 34-12 Sept. 19 in the last non-conference game of 2008 for both schools.
And it was the Cave City backs that ran wild in this game.
Tyler Engleman had a heck of a night, racking up 167 yards on 18 carries, while Chase Gorman also had an excellent outing, toting the football 23 times for 123 yards.
The Cavemen got the first big break of the night as the Panthers couldn't field the opening kickoff and Cave City recovered the ball.
Cave City (2-1) then marched all the way to the Yellville-Summit 2-yard line. But the Panthers (2-1) stiffened and took over on downs after the big goal line stand.
Yellville-Summit used 18 plays to move 98 yards for the game's first score. Hoyt scored on a 1-yard QB keeper, but the PAT was no good, leaving Yellville-Summit on top 6-0.
After that, it was pretty much all Cave City for the duration of the contest.
In the second quarter, Gorman clipped off a big 46-yard run to set up Cave City's first touchdown of the game. Engleman ran the ball in from 21 yards out at the 7:00 mark of the second. He also carried in the 2-point conversion to give the Cavemen an 8-6 lead.
Then, with time winding down on the second-quarter clock, Cave City hit paydirt again.
The Cavemen marched 84 yards in 11 plays to hit paydirt and take a 15-6 lead with 35 ticks left in the first half.
Cave City extended this advantage to 21-6 with a touchdown at the 7:23 mark of the third quarter, to keep the Panthers off balance.
Midway into the fourth quarter, Cave City quarterback Dalton Carpenter scored on a QB keeper to extend the Cavemen's lead to 27-6 with 8:54 left in the game.
Yellville-Summit stopped Cave City's 27-point outburst three minutes later when Anthony Hoyt used a 1-yard touchdown run for the Panthers' second TD of the game, with 5:58 left.
But Cave City had one last touchdown to get.
Engleman broke off a big 65-yard TD run with a shade under two minutes left to play, to set the final score of 34-12, Cave City. The Cavemen open 3-3A play with a trip to Piggott Sept. 26.